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4 arrested in bank theft involving 2 women

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Four people were arrested Thursday night for the theft of money from a bank in a supermarket by two young women who made a splash with surveillance video showing them fashionably clad in sunglasses and smiling during an apparent holdup.

A bank teller and two 19-year-old women were arrested after a brief chase, questioned and charged with theft and drug violations, Cobb County Police spokeswoman Cassie Reece said. Another man also was charged with felony theft and marijuana possession.

''It was a conspiracy to take money from the bank,'' Reece said. ''They were in on it.''

She said the two women, whom she identified as Ashley Miller and Heather Johnston of Fulton County, and bank teller Benny Herman Allen III, 22, were stopped Thursday by police about 20 miles from where Tuesday's robbery occurred.

They also were charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, and Miller was charged with trafficking MDMA and had an outstanding warrant out of Clayton County for probation violation.

The fourth suspect was identified as Michael Chastang, 27. Authorities did not immediately provide his hometown. He also was charged with trafficking MDMA, providing a false name and date of birth and had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear out of Fulton County.

Douglas County Sheriff's Maj. M.O. Harper said police from Cobb County, where the robbery took place at a Kroger's branch of a Bank of America, chased Miller, Johnson and Allen into the neighboring county where deputies were called in to apprehend them. Harper said the three were immediately turned over to Cobb County authorities for questioning.

Images captured from the surveillance video by police show the robbers wore dark sunglasses to disguise their faces as they handed a teller a note demanding cash Tuesday afternoon.

Police also declined to release the contents of the robbers' note and the amount of money stolen. Spokesman officer Wayne Delk said only it was ''considerable.''

The store is in a strip mall in an upscale west Cobb residential neighborhood, about 28 miles north of Atlanta.